Birds of Australia, Part 1 of 2

Jet Eliot

Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia Rainbow Lorikeet, Australia

Some of the world’s most colorful birds live in Australia, a continent boasting over 800 bird species.

For anyone new to this curious land–whether they’re a birder or not–seeing brightly-colored parrots and birds as big as humans is a fun adventure.

This week I present a two-part series on the birds of Australia, highlighting photos and anecdotes of some of my favorite birds.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Here is a list of Australia’s birds, impressive with so many exotic species.

Do I have a favorite? Oh yes.

My favorite Australian bird siting:  the southern cassowary.

Southern Cassowary, male, Australia Southern Cassowary, male, Australia

Listed as threatened and declining, this was a true thrill. The bird was taller and heavier than me, and took an aggressive approach when we unknowingly came close to what we suspected was his nest.

Never have I been so threatened by a bird.

Emu greets us at Mareeba Wetlands Emu greets us at Mareeba…

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